|Islamabad Tonight – 22nd December 2010|
|Main Manzoor Ahmed Watto Minister for Kashmir Affairs, Dr. Israr Shah PPP and Shakeel Anjum Senior Journalist in fresh episode of Islamabad Tonight with Nadeem Malik|
WITH NADEEM MALIK
TOPIC: WAR on TERROR & PAKISTAN
GUESTS: GENERAL ATHER ABBAS DG ISPR, GENERAL ASSAD DURANI DG ISI, PROFESSOR IBRAHIM, KHURRUM DASTGIR KHAN
General Ather Abbas DG ISPR: Only Pakistan army will take action against the militants within borders of th ecountry, said General Ather Abbas DG ISPR. He said Pakistan military does not need any outside help to wage a war against the menace of terrorism. He maintained that there are some American trainers in Pakistan and their number is not more than thirty. He said Pakistan is sharing intelligence information with the Americans. He reiterated that military authorities are carefully monitoring the activities of Taliban's in North Wazirastan and Pakistan will make its own decision, at its own time, to take any action if necessary.
General Asad Durani former DG ISI said that Obama administration's war review strategy will seriously deteriorate situation in Afghanistan in the near future. He said that US will make some offensive moves against Taliban's using its ground troops before leaving Afghanistan. He said we are the one helping America in drone attacks on our own territory. He said many of the bomb blasts in Pakistan are the activity of American trained Afghani's. He said that famous Meena Bazaar bomb blast incident in Peshawar which took the lives of almost 150 innocent Pakistani people was most likely done by American trained Afghans. He stressed the need of parliament taking the lead in condemning American drone attacks. He said if parliament moves on the subject, it would become possible for the army to take a position on the issue of drone attacks.
He said it is not fair to kill every body in a Madrassa because of few suspected terrorists. He said that Pakistan's policy should be to help those who are offering resistance against foreign occupied forces. He said that the situation of our region will be very difficult for Pakistan after the evacuation of American and NATO forces from Afghanistan. He said that there are people in Pakistan who are seriously taking into consideration the aftermath of withdrawal of American and NATO forces from Afghanistan.
Professor Ibrahim of JI said that on 12th of February 2010 in Bajaur agency American soldiers accompanied with Pakistani soldiers in one of the operations, which ended up killing the home of Haroon-ur-Rasheed. He said the people of tribal areas are enough to defeat American soldiers but their arms have been taken by Pakistan government. He said that President Zardari and Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gillani are taking decisions of their own and parliament is not consulted on issues of national interest. He said that the only way to stop drone attacks on Pakistan is to knock them down. He said that there is possibility that America will attack within Pakistani territory again.
Khurrum Dastgir of PML (N) said that government never gives any answer on its policy of war against terrorism. He said that it is the first example in the world that a secrete agency CIA is carrying out drone attacks against an independent country Pakistan. He said that PML (N) believes that war is not the only solution against terrorism. He said that foreign policy of Pakistan is run by military and that is the reason that Chinese Prime Minister directly met with COAS Kayani without any presence of civil government representatives. He said that government is taking dictation from abroad on its economic, foreign and military policies. He said that the first preference of Pakistan should be the safety of the lives of its citizens.
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